Asia (1946) by Henri Matisse

Asia - Henri Matisse - 1946

Artwork Information

ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions116 x 81 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationKimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, US

About Asia

The artwork titled “Asia” was created by Henri Matisse in 1946. It is an oil on canvas painting that aligns with the Expressionism art movement. The portrait measures 116 by 81 centimeters and is part of the collection at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, United States. This piece represents Matisse’s unique style and his fascination with non-Western art, particularly what he perceived as Asian influences.

The artwork depicts a female figure adorned with jewelry, represented in a manner that is not striving for realistic portrayal but instead captures the essence and emotion through the use of bold colors and simplified forms. The subject’s facial features are stylized, with a serene expression. Her attire, characterized by vibrant blues and purples, contrasts sharply against the warm red background, accented with swirling decorative motifs.

Matisse’s brushwork is discernible in the texture of the garment and the careful placement of color throughout the composition. The figure is shown in a reclined and relaxed pose that evokes a sense of calm and introspection. Notably, the use of flat areas of color and the outline around the figure reflect Matisse’s approach to Expressionism, focusing on the emotional impact over representational accuracy.

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